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Donald Trump, a former president, has his Twitter account restored by Elon Musk.

Twitter account restored by Elon Musk.

Donald Trump, a former president, has his Twitter account restored by Elon Musk.

Nearly two years after the business suspended him, citing his role in the Jan. 6 brawl at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, announced on Saturday that he was reinstating former President Donald Trump to the social media network.

Donald Trump, a former president, has his Twitter account restored by Elon Musk.
Donald Trump, a former president, has his Twitter account restored by Elon Musk.

After enabling his Twitter followers and others to vote on whether to reinstate the former president, the platform’s CEO made the announcement Saturday night. Nearly 52% of those who cast ballots supported Trump’s reinstatement. More than 15 million people voted in the Twitter poll.

On Saturday night, Musk tweeted, “The people have spoken. Trump will be put back in the office.

Trump’s account soon after made a comeback.

The most recent tweet from Trump’s account, which stated that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 8, 2021, was visible once his account was reinstated.

Since he took over Twitter on Oct. 27, Musk’s decision is undoubtedly the one that people are most looking forward to. It happens four days after Trump declared his intention to run for office in 2024.

Trump’s use of Twitter, which allowed him to communicate with millions of supporters and detractors without the interference of the mainstream media or anybody else, was crucial to his political ascent. Around 2011, he started misrepresenting the birthplace of then-President Barack Obama on Twitter. Later, as president, he threatened North Korea and fired Cabinet members via the social media platform. Additionally, he posted or retweeted a number of incorrect and misleading claims, ranging from Covid treatments to Antifa conspiracies. Other times, he attacked his detractors, the media, unfaithful Democrats, and Republicans using his account.

Trump had 88.8 million Twitter followers when the company banned him.

The move signals a new direction for Twitter, which in recent years has pivoted from an embrace of all-out free speech to taking more aggressive action on abuse, harassment, misinformation, and calls for violence. Musk has said he will loosen Twitter’s rules, although he tweeted shortly after the takeover that the platform “obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape. …”

Trump’s comeback also occurs at a time when there are more expectations that he and other Republicans would continue to make false or deceptive allegations about election fraud, as Trump frequently did before he lost his account. Musk runs a risk by deciding to welcome Trump back because it puts him in a position where he may be held responsible for Trump’s actions in the future and any possible calls for violence.

The frequency with which Trump may utilize his previous account wasn’t immediately obvious. He stated to Fox News in April that he would remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social, even if Musk were to be successful in purchasing Twitter.

When Musk’s Twitter poll was still open earlier on Saturday, the former president issued the following statement: “Vote positively now but don’t be alarmed—we’re not going anywhere. The Truth Social is unique!”

The former president restated his opposition to utilizing Twitter during a Saturday virtual appearance at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas.

Trump claimed that “Truth Social has been very, very effective.” “I’ll be staying there as well. But I’ve heard there’s a significant vote in favor of returning to Twitter as well. I can’t see it because I can find no justification for it.”

Trump’s access to other significant websites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, is still suspended.

According to Bloomberg News, Musk, the richest man on earth, foresaw Trump’s invitation to return in May, a month after he made an offer to purchase Twitter. At the time, Musk referred to Trump’s banishment as “morally wrong and flat-out foolish.”

Trump’s absence has been hotly questioned on Twitter. Over the years, he challenged Twitter’s policies time and time again, and in 2018, the company made an exception to ensure that “global leaders” could generally act as they wished without being suspended. However, given that Trump is the leader of the Republican Party and isn’t on Twitter, Twitter’s portrayal of American politics is inaccurate.

At a Financial Times conference in May, he declared, “I think permabans really fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can share their viewpoint.”

On the evening of October 27, shortly after taking control of Twitter, Musk made an effort to reassure his supporters and sponsors that his choice about Trump would be carefully considered.

Musk tweeted on October 28 that Twitter would create a content moderation council with a wide range of perspectives. Before that council meets, “no significant content decisions or account reinstatements will happen.”

During the unrest on January 6, 2021, Twitter and the majority of the tech sector locked Trump’s accounts, claiming he had violated their terms of service and posed a threat to public safety.

That afternoon, Trump provoked by tweeting that “USA deserves the truth” and that “Mike Pence didn’t have the fortitude to do what should have been done to preserve our Country and our Constitution.” The tweet was sent a short while after his followers broke through the Capitol’s doors.

Twitter suspended Trump on January 6 at 7:02 p.m. ET after determining that his comments and others violated its “civic integrity policy”:

“The account will stay locked if the Tweets are not deleted. The @realDonaldTrump account will be permanently suspended for further violations of the Twitter Rules, including those involving our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies.

Two days later, on January 8, the San Francisco-based business declared that it was permanently suspending Trump. Later, Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey defended the choice by pointing to the potential for offline violence.

Then, Dorsey stated, “We made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter after a clear warning we’d take this action.”

At the time, a worry shared even by many free speech supporters was that Trump might use social media during his final two weeks in office to continue inciting violence.

Before the ban, Twitter and Trump supported one another for many years. Twitter provided Trump with easy access to millions of users as well as a nearly unrestricted license to break its rules. Trump also constantly drew attention to a platform that is frequently overlooked by more popular services like Instagram and YouTube.

Founded in 2006, Twitter experienced its first profitable quarter in the latter months of the Trump administration.

Two years after it stopped him, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has left open the option of getting Trump back on as soon as January 7. To determine whether the risk to the public’s safety had subsided, the business said it would consult with specialists.

The company’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, stated in a blog post last year that “if we judge that there is still a severe risk to public safety, we would prolong the limitation for a specific amount of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”

Clegg made his statement when the Oversight Board, a largely independent organization supported by Meta, objected to the notion of an indefinite suspension.

The CEO of Google-owned YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, has stated that the video platform will reinstate Trump “when we assess that the risk of violence has lessened.”